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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance launches its‘Blossoming and Blooming’ open gardens initiative

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has announced the launch of a ‘Blossoming and Blooming’ open gardens initiative.

‘Blossoming and Blooming’ is the charity’s latest fundraising initiative, which asks people to show their support by opening their gardens to members of the public between June and September this year.

The aim of the campaign is to bring local communities across Dorset and Somerset together, to celebrate the wonderful gardens spread across both counties, while raising awareness and funds for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

No matter the size of the garden or whether they are pristine or wild, the charity is inviting everyone to get involved.

Whether people decide to simply open their gardens to members of the public, or have a cream tea or barbecue alongside, the initiative provides a fantastic opportunity for people to hold a special event within their local community in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

The life-saving charity receives no direct funding from the Government or the National Lottery and relies on the generosity of the public to help raise their operational costs of over £5 million per year. Community fundraising initiatives like ‘Blossoming and Blooming’ play a vital role in helping to do this.

Emma Jones, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager said: “We believe that spending time outdoors with nature is essential for our health and wellbeing. That is why we are asking people to open their gates, share the love of their garden, whilst raising funds for us.

“People could host a picnic, serve tea on the lawn or just keep it simple and let people sit or potter at their leisure. Whatever they decide to do, ‘Blossoming and Blooming’ will raise essential funds and awareness of our life-saving work within the local community.

“We have always had wonderful supporters who have opened their gardens in the past and we hope that others will do the same. With our new ‘Blossoming and Blooming’ initiative, we will be able to fully support these generous people, by providing all that they need for the day, so it can be a positively ‘Blossoming and Blooming’ success!”

To register an interest in taking part, or sign-up to join in, visit: If you require further information, please contact Emma Jones, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager by emailing: or by calling: 01823 669604.

The ‘Blossoming and Blooming’ initiative will run until 30th September 2022.

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